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I have a desktop whose OS is windows 7 and a laptop whose OS is Win XP Prof.  They are connected by ethernet cable.  I am trying to access the files from the laptop to the Desktop and vice versa.  Can someone please help me in the initial set up.  As a novice, so please  give me a step by step set up process.  Thank u.
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if my computer name is Dell Vostro, do I do this : \\"Dell Vostro"\c$
typing \\"Dell Vostro"\c$
gives the error that " Windows cannot find \\"Dell Vostro\C$.  Check that spelling and try again, etc etc
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In response to mattymotas, Yes I have corrected this.  it should be DELLVOSTRO, and then it asks for my password when I run, I do all that but still I am not connected.  Is it anything to do one pc is windows 7 and the other is win xp prof? thanks.
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No you have to type the exact computer name. Right click my computer and select properties. In windows 7 you will see the computer name towards the bottom. in windows xp there is a tab that say computer name. If there is an error still after you use the computer name. Open My Computer and rioght the C drive and select proprties. Then hit the Sharing tab and turn sharing on.
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thank u everyone